4 Ingredients 5 Minutes This is the ultimate guide to miso soup

Hot water, miso paste, dashi broth, dried seaweed and tofu cubes are the main ingredients of miso soup, a traditional Japanese recipe that is one of the staples of the country’s gastronomy. Miso is nothing more than a fermented soybean paste that is rich in protein and relatively salty. There are different types of miso, including shiro miso, which is white in color and lighter in flavor, or also known as miso, which is red and stronger in taste. Dashi broth, on the other hand, is a dried fish broth, such as the vegetable, beef, or poultry broth used here in France.

In Japan, this soup is traditionally eaten every morning for breakfast. It is very easy to prepare, it tastes just like an appetizer or a side dish.

How do you make miso soup?

For 500ml of soup, start by heating 500ml of dashi in a saucepan, then add about 100g diced tofu, then 1 tablespoon of miso paste. Mix gently before adding dried seaweed to desired amount (about 3g). And now, voila!

You can also make this recipe without dashi, simply by heating the water in a pan, and directly inserting the rest of the ingredients, starting with the miso. The result obtained will be less concentrated in taste, but just as convenient.

Regardless of the method used, it is important that the water does not boil over, which will prevent the miso from dissolving properly. The miso soup will only keep in the fridge for a few days, but thankfully, making it again is almost as easy as reheating a bowl from the day before.

Miso soup types

Once you master the recipe, nothing stops you from customizing it in your own way. In fact, the broth of dashi and miso becomes a base to which an infinite number of ingredients can be added, because their flavor is so basic. For example, you can eat all kinds of seasonal vegetables to be satiated with fiber and vitamins, such as leeks, mushrooms, broccoli, sweet potatoes or even cabbage. Some add pasta, while others add lentils. On the protein side, you can put a few pieces of finely chopped meat, a boiled egg or chicken fillet. For lovers of marine flavors, who says better than miso soup with seafood, fish or shellfish? Finally, we season everything with fresh herbs like coriander or chives. For extra smoothness, simply add a little milk or cream, before moving on to the best moment: the tasting.

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